Ventura, which sits between Ventura River and Santa Clara River also lies at the base of Mount Pinos, so with that in mind it is fair to say that you will literally be surrounded by stunning nature here. As if that wasn’t enough, Ventura is also located next to the Channel Islands, and has a laid back beach atmosphere that makes it the perfect place to take in some sun, sea, and sand.
To that end there is a picturesque harbor here in the form of Ventura Harbor Village, and a delightful Promenade that will let you take in the fabulous beaches and surfing options here. If you like water sports then you are in luck, as you can enjoy not only surfing but also kite boarding, swimming, paddle boarding, and more, and if you prefer something a little more laid-back, then you can spend your days here strolling around museums, galleries, and gardens.
Lets explore the best things to do in Ventura:
1. Ventura Pier and Promenade
Ventura Pier dates from 1872 and is a favorite beauty spot in the city. Locals flock here thanks to the fishing opportunities that abound from the end of the pier and if you come here in the evening you can take in the spectacular sunsets for which the area is famous. The pier spans 1,700 feet and although it has been restored is still made of wood and steel as it would have been back in the day. As you stroll along the pier, make sure to look out for the panels that tell you all about the history of the pier and the wider area. Underneath the pier visitors will find a sandy playground which has a play area for children.